|Pattern Description: |
Stretch knit dress
12-18. I ordered the pattern many, many years ago, when I was still a bit larger than I am now and before I was familiar with the sizing. According to the size chart I needed a size 12, but at the moment I am more a size 8, sometimes 10. I mirrored the lines from size 16 into the size 12 lines to create a size 8. Challenging, but I think it worked.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think it does.
Pictures of the dress
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Most of the steps are. Because of the challenging construction, I was completely depending on the instructions, because I couldn't see how that large piece of fabric would ever become a beautifully draped dress.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the drape and I really enjoyed making it.
I've sewn the dress according to the instructions, but I like a bound neckline and armholes better on a knit dress, I would use that next time. And I think the dress would benefit from a stretchy stitch - for wearing comfort, so I definitely would use my serger next time, I think I know which seams I could use it for now.
With this version I need to wear something underneath, I'd like to have one that doesn't reveal any bra straps, I think I need to reread some of the previous reviews.
A rayon two way stretch knit. For skirt lining I used a "stretch lining", probably polyester of some sort, but I wouldn't use that next time, because it doesn't have enough stretch in it, the waist is a little (too) tight now (especially when I want to put the dress on. Or get out of it).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The dress was gaping a little at the back, so I took it in a bit at the "shoulder seam".
Pictures of the back
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think I will, this was supposed to be a muslin, now I know what to expect and how it works, I'd love to try it again.
My girls both were very enthusiastic and wanted me to make the same dress for them as well, I am not sure whether I would be able to resize it this dramatically, but maybe, sometime, whenever I am looking for a challenge, I might give it a try.
A very original dress, that is comfortable to wear and a great sewing experience!
Knit dresses are sooo comfortable...